Freedive AndRasa
Freedive AndRasa
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AndRasa is a freedive and swim school located in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, helping people to conquer the fear of deep water and providing the most updated freediving education system - Molchanovs Freediving. Freedive AndRasa providing survival skill swimming, freediving from beginner to advance, freediving training sessions, private coaching, and some fundives to the coral bays and wrecks! :)
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
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Kay Chandinrak
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
I was a girl who so afraid of sea, so I took a 10 hours of survival skill with Cal and it was a long and amazing experiences until a point that I forgot I am scared... then I challenge myself upgraded to freediving wave 1, I couldn’t believe I dove to 12 meters with one breathe as a person who so scared even wear life jacket in snorkelling!! Now I met many new members of AndRasa and we can train, since I am also fitness instructor, Molchanovs is very good for me because training and community is my cup of tea. It was so fun we did breath-hold jumping jacks on the beach! So happy now I’m a fit, experienced, Safer, knowledgeable wave 1 free diver! If u wanna learn freedive, this is right place to go!
Written 20 July 2020
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junyuenlim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Howie and Calvin of AndRasa are two very professional, caring and patient instructors you could have for a freediving course. Freediving challenges you both mentally and physically, throughout the course you would learn a lot about yourself and how your body reacts to the challenge of diving underwater in one breath. Every dive is an act of mindfulness, there’s an art to calm your body by understanding how your body functions. I love how we get to have fun dives after each training session, you could put what you learn to test and enjoy the freedom of swimming underwater—it’s extremely rewarding to be able to swim beside the corals and fishes without any equipment. I would definitely be back for more diving training with AndRasa.
Written 23 October 2020
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Rohan Marshall
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Freedive AndRasa is a fantastic school for freedivers - whether you are a beginner or very experienced. Their course material is well organised and easy to understand. They also give much pre- and post- course material. Their main trainer, Howie Lee, seems to have been born a fish. His comfort on the seas gives his students supreme confidence. Also, he is smart at assessing the various students' levels and abilities. As such, he is able to tailor different approaches to different individual challenges. Great job, guys
Written 8 September 2020
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Kamalia M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
I think before you’ve tried freediving, it can seem a bit scary. What with having no oxygen, being deep in the water etc. However, the things that scare us, can sometimes end up in the best experiences - with the right teacher!!

My W1 course had 3 people in it, all with no prior freediving experience. Howie was our teacher and he was amazing. He’s extremely patient, knowledgable, supportive and passionate about freediving. I really enjoyed his style of teaching because it seemed like he genuinely cared about imparting the right skills and tools to explore the freediving world safely while still having fun.

All of the equipment you need is included in the package, the only thing you need to sort out is your food, travel and accommodation.

Although I didn’t get to interact much with the rest of the Andrasa team, my interactions with them were quite warm. I also really like how Andrasa offers Molchanov certification.

All in all, I had a pleasant experience. Def going back soon!
Written 23 June 2022
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Ahmad Suhail
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Hey there, wondering if Freedive AndRasa is a good place to learn freediving? Please continue reading...

A little background on my situation. Im 25 years old (2020) I didn't know how to swim, had literally zero confidence in water but had an interest in freediving.

Kinda weird right? But Freedive AndRasa made it all possible. Thanks to their friendly, patient and wonderful instructors.

I found out about them while searching online for a Molchanov course in Malaysia. Contacted them regarding the course, pretty fast reply and clear. All prices and packages were sent to me via email.

Due to their fast reply and professionalism, i knew they were the right choice for me to pursue my molchanov freediving course. I took wave 1 with the survival swimming course.

Went to tioman island to learn swimming with SSI swim instructor Calvin. Learned to swim within few hours and gained confidence in open water pretty fast.

Then after swimming lesson, we went straight to learn freediving with instructor Howie. Managed to freedive up to 12m within 2 days.

Currently, i am a certified molchanov wave 1 freediver and passionate about freediving. I love the pool and sea. (Imagine from not being able to swim and scared to loving it and constantly freediving in the pool and sea)

In summary, the instructors were great, understanding, patient and good at explaining complex topic using simple words. I highly recommend u guys to take up freediving course with them. End result, u will be a great freediver equipped with knowledge and experience.

Ps: u will be making a lot of freediver friends since they have tons of students that still keep in contact with each other. Thus making it easy to find training buddies 😉
Written 1 September 2020
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Rchewie
London, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I did the Wave 1 course with Howie and it was such a wonderful experience- one that I will treasure for a long time yet. I couldn't have imagine a more perfect introduction to the world of freediving.

Howie is a wonderful instructor; kind, patient, and clearly passionate about freediving, the sea and the healing nature of being in the water - it's infectious. The way he guides you gently to stay curious and test your limits, without pushing it too much is truly special. I already can't wait for my next freediving experience.

The beautifully clear and warm waters of Perhentian islands obviously helps add to the magic of it all too!

Thank you so much Howie and AndRasa ♡
Written 11 May 2024
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Trisha
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I had no prior experience in scuba or freediving, but decided to enroll in the Wave 1 Molchanovs Freediving course with Andrasa. The course started with survival swimming skills from Calvin first, he was so patient, informative and made me feel at ease. I learnt so many new skills from him although I have been swimming my whole life! The freediving instructor Howie is an impeccable instructor, he is patient, understanding, and clear with his constructive feedbacks to ensure that we are able to truly enjoy freediving in a safe manner. He teaches not only the theory and practical, but he'll also pass on to you his passion for freediving and the magical aquatic world. Overall, it was a stress-free, fun and relaxing experience, thanks to Howie and Calvin. They definitely helped me to feel more confident, informed and relaxed while under water. I truly enjoyed the course and I am now a Certified Wave 1 Freediver, could never have imagined that I can achieve this!
Written 5 October 2020
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Raddy M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Howie is such a great teacher. I always love beach, sea and ocean but for some reason I lost interest since I move to Malaysia. All my sessions with him remind me why I love them in the first place. It was a nice free diving experience, you are well taken care of and you will learn the basics. While you were on the deep water with him he will guide you every steps so you will feel relax and comfortable. I will definitely come back for another session.
Written 17 June 2024
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Syafiq Saad
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I took up the Rasa Package (swimming + freediving). Calvin (swimming instructor) and Howie (freediving instructor) were really encouraging, caring and helpful each step of the way. I was extremely nervous for the courses but they were so calm, relaxed, and encouraging that I got over it and had a lot of fun. They will never scold you if you could not manage to do something properly but instead they will guide you and continuously encourage you. Both of them were soft spoken and very nice. I really enjoyed my time with them.

I did not manage to complete my course because of sinus issues but I'll definitely go back to complete it. One thing that Howie said to me that I'll always remember "You have the rest of your life to dive, so it's not worthwhile to keep on pushing and injure yourself".

If you're looking for someone to just certify you despite not having sufficient skills or able to complete the course, AndRasa is not the place for you. BUT, if you want to learn how to freedive properly and safely, with a great and encouraging instructor, then you should take up Wave 1 with AndRasa!

I just came back and I'm already looking forward to go back to complete my course. It was so much fun!
Written 20 June 2022
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Amri Mohammad
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Thanks Howie and Calvin for our first freediving Level1 at Perhentian Island. You are professional, compassionate and so kind. I cannot believe that I can dive to a depth which exceed my expectation in my first time without fear and feel very comfortable and challenging myself.Thanks a lot to both of you
Written 25 August 2022
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